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Youngsters take part in annual Kids Trout Derby: PHOTO GALLERY

Youngsters from  around the area took part in the Sportsmen Limited 25th anniversary Kids Trout Derby on Saturday at Middletown Reservoir. The free event included awards and hot dogs for …

Middletown Area School District students take part in art show at library: PHOTO GALLERY

The 2018 Middletown Area School District Art Show was held Saturday, April 21, at the Middletown Public Library. Art teachers selected about 15 student artworks from each school to be on …

Lawyers for Suez request borough suit over water surcharge be moved to federal court

Lawyers for Suez and Middletown Water Joint Venture LLC on April 23 filed court papers seeking to transfer the lawsuit filed by Middletown borough from Dauphin County Court to federal court. In …

Why are Suez water shortfall, surcharge becoming an issue now?

Why now — almost four years after Middletown Borough Council approved a water and sewer lease with Suez — is an apparent water usage shortfall emerging as an issue? A lawsuit filed by …

McNees Wallace & Nurick out as Middletown solicitor after six years

A new law firm will represent Middletown as its solicitor. Borough council by 5-1 vote during its April 17 meeting approved replacing McNees Wallace & Nurick as solicitor with the firm of …

Downtown thrift store won’t be reopened; retail space to be rented out

The former thrift shop at 17 S. Union St. likely will be leased out to one or more businesses instead of being renovated and used as a combined coffeeshop, store and community space as announced …

Incorrect license plate leads to charges against two: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

An investigation of a dead license plate ended in charges being filed against two people who were stopped by police at 1:25 a.m. March 27 in the 100 block of Richardson Road. According to police, …
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Blue Raiders get rolling on diamond, win 4

The Middletown varsity baseball team’s hot streak started on April 12 at Steelton-Highspire and carried through Monday at Milton Hershey. Following the win against the Rollers, the Blue …

Middletown boys tennis team picks up a win

The Middletown boys tennis team won one match and dropped two in the last week to stand at 3-9. On Tuesday, April 17, Camp Hill defeated the Blue Raiders, 5-0. In singles, Spencer Landis beat …

Middletown softball gets easy victory vs. Milton Hershey

The Middletown softball team is 3-7 on the season after beating Milton Hershey at home on Monday. The Blue Raiders won 19-4 at home, with 16 hits. They were scheduled to play Milton Hershey again, …

MAHS baseball team gets second win with 14-3 defeat of Rollers

Following an eventful win April 9 at Susquehanna Township, the Middletown varsity baseball team lost a pair of games before closing out a busy week with a 14-3 victory at Steelton-Highspire on …

Softball rallies in 7th to beat Camp Hill

The Blue Raiders softball team trailed Camp Hill 6-4 going into the bottom of the seventh inning April 10. But by the end of the final inning, Jordyn Dupes, Veronica Miller and Hailey Hockenberry …

MAHS boys tennis team beats Harrisburg Academy again, loses four other matches

The Middletown boys tennis team played four matches in the last week, going 1-4 to stand at 2-7 on the season. On Tuesday, April 10, Middletown beat Harrisburg Academy, 4-1. In singles, Jacob …

MAHS baseball gets first win, vs. Susquehanna Township

It would be hard to pick what was more amazing in the Middletown varsity baseball team’s 16-13 victory at Susquehanna Township on Monday afternoon. Was it the fact that the Blue Raiders …

Blue Raider boys tennis downs Harrisburg Academy

The Middletown Area High School boys tennis team picked up its first win of the season Monday, downing Harrisburg Academy 5-0. The match was moved indoors to Hershey Racquet Club because of the …
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Bill that might lead to Middletown borough tax hike passes state House

The state House of Representatives voted 106-89 on April 17 to approve legislation placing restrictions on the electric system run by Ellwood City borough in western Pennsylvania. Middletown …

Upcoming speaker at World War II roundtable witnessed Hiroshima bomb

Quentin Stambaugh was on a combat mission in a B-25 Mitchell Bomber when he saw the mushroom cloud. He estimates that he was flying only about a mile from the nuclear explosion that devastated …

Prescription drug drop-off is Saturday at several locations in the area

Middletown and other residents can drop off unwanted prescription drugs for free, no questions asked, as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. In …

Madlyn Hanes, former Penn State Harrisburg chancellor, will give commencement address

Dr. Madlyn L. Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor at Penn State, will deliver the keynote address at the Penn State Harrisburg spring commencement May 5. Penn …

Pennsylvania DEP suspends accreditation of Middletown lab for its handling of water samples

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has suspended the laboratory accreditation of Analytical Laboratory Services Inc.’s Middletown facility for continued violations relating …

Harrisburg resident charged in December heroin death of Lower Swatara Township woman

A Lower Swatara Township woman died from a heroin overdose in December 2017, and a Harrisburg woman has been arrested on charges she sold her the drugs that led to her death. Maiya Michele Elby, …

Mr. Middletown raises big bucks to fight cancer; Leach takes title, but three raised more than $3,000

Thunderous applause and cheers echoed in the Middletown Area High School auditorium Friday as senior Tré Leach knelt down and Zayla Gora placed a crown on his head, crowning him Mr. Middletown …
Editorials

If Bunky’s is sold, what should replace it?: Editorial

“He’s had a ton of chances and many years to do that repair. At what point are we taking the building? I don’t know how many chances you give.” We agree for the most part …
Columnists

You can reduce your negative impact on Earth: Susannah Gal

“A tree planted, and with it, us.” That’s how I began a poem I wrote for my then-fiance, Hilton Baxter, when we planted a tree in Rock Creek Park near Washington, D.C. We chose …

Here is a fairy tale about taxes and currency ... that could never happen here: Paul Heise

Once upon a time it happened that the president of a small country in a faraway place (certainly not here) wanted to use his presidential term to make his country great again. The people deserved it, …

High school students can boost U.S. businesses: JD Hoye

Finding skilled workers is an ongoing challenge for U.S. businesses. Media reports tend to focus on the lack of science, tech and math skills. But more than four in 10 business executives …
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